Sawmill Gulch  
USGS 7.5' Map: Gold Hill
Difficulty: Number: Miles: Altitude: Obstacles: Time:
Easy 2 FR461 1.18 8,600 to 8,800 ft. None 1/2 hour
County: Boulder
Adopted by:      
Managed by: Roosevelt National Forest, Boulder Ranger District 2140 Yarmouth, Boulder, CO 80301 (303)541-2500
Summary: Sawmill Gulch is the north access to the Switzerland Trail.
Natural - Closed by heavy snows.
Best Time: June - May be open unless heavy snows
July - Best
August - Best
September - Best
October - Best
Trail Heads
Camping: There are no dispersed camp sites along the road.
Base Camp: Not a good area to base camp.
Fall Colors: Poor - There are few aspen trees.
Navigation: From Nederland, CO head west toward W 2nd Street for 0.3 miles. Continue to follow CO-72 W for 8.0 miles. Turn right onto Gold Hill Rd and go 2.3 miles. Turn left onto Sawmill Rd and go 0.2 miles. Turn right onto FR461.1 just past the private drive.
Sawmill Gulch is a connection road from County Rd 95, the Sawmill Road, to the accessible north end of Switzerland Trail. At County Rd 95 you will head east along a section of private property and pass by a private residence. The road is an easy two track that goes through the scattered stands of pine trees. At the first intersection you can head left, FR461.1A, or right, FR461.1. They both reconnect on the east side of the small rise in front of you. Past where the roads come back together you will head into a heavier stand of trees and then turn to the southeast. Here the road will go down hill and connect with the Switzerland Trail. This last down hill section may be rough depending on the rutting that may have occured.
Data updated - June 12, 2016       4WD Road driven - June 24, 2010       Copyright - 2000-2016